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Stephen Kovacevich
Media Release 20 August 2014

US pianist Stephen Kovacevich brings ‘special power to move’ in National Concert Hall recital for International Concert Series 2014/2015

US born pianist Stephen Kovacevich, who is one of the most revered musicians of his generation, has 'a special power to move' according to The Telegraph which will be evident to Irish audiences when he performs the first piano recital of the National Concert Hall's 14/15 International Concert Series on Wednesday 24th of September at 8pm.

It is no surprise that the Grammy-nominated pianist has included works by Brahms, Bach and Schubert in his programme as it is his interpretations of the works of such composers that has earned him unsurpassed admiration over the course of his career.

Not only has he established a long and distinguished career as a soloist but he has also partnered with many of the world’s finest orchestras and artists such as Jacqueline du Pré, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung and conductors Colin Davis, Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur and Sir Simon Rattle.

While his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and re-creative intensity, have helped build his international reputation, so too has his highly acclaimed recordings including a recent recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics (2009) produced exactly forty years after his first recording of the work for Philips in 1968. This recording won the Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award in 2009.

He has also recorded Schubert Sonatas, a set of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas in 2003 for EMI, (hailed as one of the most authoritative ever recorded) and has worked extensively with Colin Davis recording the Piano Concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and most notably Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.2.

His concerto performance highlights have included a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra (under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (Douglas Boyd) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy).

The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2014/2015, supported by The Irish Times, continues in 2014 with performances by the Australian Chamber Orchestra under their conductor and lead violinist Richard Tognetti, together with guest pianist Steven Osborne (2 October), a return to Ireland by leading tenor Juan Diego Florez with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (25 October), the renowned Tallis Scholars (6 November), the Emerson String Quartet (17 November) and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with conductor Kenneth Montgomery, pianist Finghin Collins and mezzo-soprano Rosanne van Sandwijk (29 November). 

Hear Stephen Performing Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111


Bach                    Partita No. 4 in D major BWV 828           
Brahms               Ballade Op. 10, No. 1 D minor Op. 10      
Brahms               Intermezzo in A major Op. 76 No.6
Brahms               Intermezzo in A minor Op. 76 No. 7
Brahms               Capriccio in D minor Op. 116 No. 7
Brahms               Ballade Op.10, No. 4 in B major
Brahms               Intermezzo in B minor Op.119
Schubert             Sonata in A major D959
(*Please note the programme has been amended from what was previously advertised. The Bach Partita No. 4 in D Major, is replacing Berg’s Piano Sonata No. 1 and Brahms’ Ballade Op. 10, No. 1 in D minor, Op. 10 is now replacing Brahms’s Rhapsody in E flat major, Op. 119, No. 4 ).

Tickets: €35, €45, €55, €60 (Choir Balcony €25)
National Concert Hall Box Office tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie

For further information please contact Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057